Lisa Bonder

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Lisa Bonder
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceBeverly Hills, California, U.S.
Born (1965-10-16) October 16, 1965 (age 53)
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Turned proJune 21, 1982
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$212,395
Singles
Career record139–126
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 9 (August 20, 1984)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1985)
French OpenQF (1984)
Wimbledon4R (1984)
US Open4R (1983, 1984)
Doubles
Career record30–70
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 158 (December 21, 1986)

Lisa Bonder (also known as Lisa Bonder-Kreiss and Lisa Bonder-Kerkorian) (born October 16, 1965) is a retired professional tennis player from the U.S. She is also known for her brief marriage to billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, who was 48 years older than her, and for their subsequent highly contentious divorce dispute that involved wiretapping and surreptitious paternity testing.

Career[edit]

Bonder played on the WTA tour from 1981 to 1991 and won four titles before retiring, the first in 1982 in Hamburg, West Germany, and then three tournaments in Tokyo from 1982 to 1983.[1] She reached the fourth round of the US Open in 1983 and 1984 and at Wimbledon in 1984. She also reached a quarterfinal at Roland Garros in 1984, defeating Corinne Vanier, Vicki Nelson, Amy Holton and former champion Virginia Ruzici before losing to Camille Benjamin. Notable career victories include wins over Chris Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, and Andrea Jaeger. According to TennisForum.com, Bonder reached a career high ranking of no. 9. She retired with a 139–126 win/loss record.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Parents[edit]

Born in Columbus, Ohio to Seth and Julie Bonder, who later divorced, she was raised in Saline, Michigan.[3] Her father Seth, an American engineer who founded Vector Research, Inc., was born in the Bronx to Russian emigrants who worked in the garment district.[4]

Daughter[edit]

Bonder was involved in a high-profile child support lawsuit with her ex-husband of 28 days, billionaire Kirk Kerkorian. Kerkorian, 48 years older than Bonder, suspected that Steve Bing, Bonder's ex-boyfriend, was the father of her daughter. Kerkorian hired "private-eye to the stars" Anthony Pellicano during the dispute. Pellicano took used dental floss from Bing's trashcan to do DNA paternity testing, succeeding in confirming that Bing was the father and not Kerkorian.[5] Pellicano also wiretapped Bonder's phone calls. Pellicano subsequently was convicted on various charges, including wiretapping and racketeering, involving this case and many others, and he received a 15-year prison sentence. One of Kerkorian's attorneys also was convicted of racketeering for hiring Pellicano to tap Bonder's phone, and received a three-year prison sentence that was confirmed on appeal.[6]

Change of name[edit]

She married Tom Kreiss on 10 January 1988, so her surname changed to Bonder-Kreiss.[7] She divorced from Kreiss to marry Kirk Kerkorian in 1999; then divorced again.

WTA Career finals[edit]

Singles: 5 (4–1)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims (4–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–1)
Carpet (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. July 11, 1982 Hamburg Clay Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová 6–3, 6–2
Winner 2. October 18, 1982 Tokyo Hard United States Shelley Solomon 2–6, 6–0, 6–3
Winner 3. September 18, 1983 Tokyo Carpet (i) United States Andrea Jaeger 6–2, 5–7, 6–1
Winner 4. October 16, 1983 Tokyo Hard Peru Laura Arraya 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 1. August 11, 1984 Indianapolis Clay Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva 4–6, 3–6

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims (0–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. November 10, 1985 Tampa Hard Peru Laura Gildemeister Canada Carling Bassett
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
0–6, 0–6

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 Career SR
Australian Open A A A A 2R NH A A A A A 0 / 1
French Open A 3R 3R QF 2R 3R 2R 1R A A A 0 / 7
Wimbledon A 1R 4R 3R 1R 2R 1R A A A 1R 0 / 7
US Open 1R 2R 4R 4R 2R 3R 3R 1R A A 1R 0 / 9
SR 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 24
Year-end ranking 122 41 34 16 36 55 49 126 300 303 110
  • SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number played.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sony Ericsson WTA Tour". Archived from the original on 2009-07-15.
  2. ^ "ITF Lisa Bonder-Kreiss (USA)". Retrieved 2011-12-05.
  3. ^ Katz, Jesse (September 2002). "The Game of Love". Los Angeles Magazine: 71.
  4. ^ Cherry, W. Peter (2011). "Seth Bonder". In Assad, Arjang A.; Gass, Saul L. Profiles in Operations Research. International Series in Operations Research & Management Science. 147. Springer. pp. 739–752. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-6281-2_41. ISBN 978-1-4419-6280-5.
  5. ^ "Divorce And Dollars - Forbes.com". 2002-09-27. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  6. ^ Johnson, Ted (August 25, 2015). "Anthony Pellicano Faces Re-Sentencing After Court Overturns Convictions". Variety. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  7. ^ See the paragraph "Biography" at her profile at the Women's Tennis Association

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